A recap of my mission on this organizing challenge: As you can imagine, my house is pretty organized. There is a place for everything and everything fits somewhere. And I keep on top of the maintenance and regularly reevaluate and purge what no longer fits into my life. But a few months ago, I really started thinking about what I own and I decided I’m ready for change in my life, ready for something new and I’m done with so much of what I have. I’m done thinking about how it used to fit into my life or that maybe it will again someday. So as a challenge to myself, I decided to do this work and document it for you so you could see how even an organizer struggles with the same things you do!
How many of us have so many toiletries and makeup that we never use? Some are impulse buys, but products we can’t seem to integrate into our routine. Others are free samples that you think you’re going to use (hotel freebies are part of this category). And lastly is just the old stuff and duplicates that are lingering.
Again, the overall change to my bathroom is not so dramatic and awe-inspiring because I tend to stay on top of this space with a regular clean-out. But I did have makeup I never wore, products I never used and others I was never going to. The above photo isn’t everything I got rid of either. Some things went straight into the trash and I didn’t want to did them out for their photo-op.
I parted with things like:
- My eyelash curler. I NEVER use it.
- Various eyeshadows I can’t remember the last time I wore. I don’t experiment much.
- Waterproof eyeliner — two unopened ones. I’m sticking with the one I use and the other two colors have to go. Especially since I use it so infrequently,
- Expired and almost empty sunscreens.
- Hair ties that I’ve never used.
- A round brush that is too small for my current hair style (and hasn’t been used in years).
- Freebies and samples that I’m too lazy to try or I already have a brand I like. Who has time to try something new??!!
- Lipsticks I never wear!!! Some were mistakes and some I just don’t like anymore. When I tried them all on over a few days’ time, some were too old and dry. Others didn’t look good anymore and some were essentially the same as others I had and loved.
- Perfumes I no longer wear. Sure, they smell good, but they’re not really me and I don’t wear perfume everyday anymore anyway so I only want a few favorites.
It doesn’t take much, but now my bathroom drawers and cabinets are more open and look better. Plus, I got to rearrange the things I do use and they are more easily accessible and that is the key to using your things and staying organized!
A note — most open toiletries have to thrown away for sanitary reasons. But a few organizations will take items that are gently used where hygiene isn’t a concern and also, all those samples and freebies can go to people or women who need them.